Food tours in Asia

Asian food in all its sweet and sour glory continues to influence world cuisine. Ginger, cinnamon, pepper and turmeric were the stuff of legend in the 1600s, and sticky stir-fries, fragrant curries and juicy dumplings have all made their mark on today’s global palate. But nothing beats the real thing, fresh from the wok. Come with us on a food tour through the night markets of Thailand, chaotic Vietnamese beer halls and the delicate teahouses of Japan. One tip? Pack stretchy pants. 

Food tours in Asia

USD $1,755
CAD $2,130
AUD $2,250
EUR €1,241
GBP £977
NZD $2,420
ZAR R21,947
CHF FR1,372
Travel the breadth of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing tranquil Halong Bay, iconic Hue and...
USD $4,595
CAD $5,580
AUD $5,895
EUR €3,255
GBP £2,562
NZD $6,340
ZAR R57,502
CHF FR3,599
Travel from Tokyo through Kyoto to Osaka, learning traditional recipes, seeing the sights and dining on some of the...
USD $2,260
CAD $2,740
AUD $2,895
EUR €1,598
GBP £1,258
NZD $3,115
ZAR R28,237
CHF FR1,768
Get to know Korean cuisine beyond bibimbap snacking at market stalls, chowing into seafood broths and learning how to...
USD $1,010
CAD $1,225
AUD $1,295
EUR €714
GBP £565
NZD $1,395
ZAR R12,631
This trip to Thailand is full of adventure, fun and flavour. Eat in popular Bangkok restaurants, explore bustling...
USD $2,340
CAD $2,835
AUD $2,995
EUR €1,653
GBP £1,304
NZD $3,220
ZAR R29,214
CHF FR1,831
Discover China and the tantalising sights, culture and food of Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an and Shanghai. Sample delicious...
USD $1,245
CAD $1,510
AUD $1,595
EUR €879
GBP £692
NZD $1,715
ZAR R15,559
Munch your way through Cambodia on this mouth-watering food adventure from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, visiting Kampot,...
USD $3,430
CAD $4,160
AUD $4,395
EUR €2,426
GBP £1,912
NZD $4,725
ZAR R42,869
CHF FR2,686
Travel from Hanoi down and over to Siem Reap, seeing the landmark attractions, partaking in local experiences and...
USD $275
CAD $330
AUD $350
EUR €225
GBP £180
NZD $375
ZAR R4,020
Take a bite out of Bangkok on this short but sweet amble through this culinary city. From famous street stalls to...
USD $347
CAD $420
AUD $445
EUR €290
GBP £227
NZD $477
ZAR R5,107
Treat your tastebuds to a whole new world of flavour in Hanoi on this bite-sized food adventure.

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Robyn Eckhardt

Speciality: Asian
Day job: Food and travel journalist, inspirer of envy, street food columnist & occasional tour guide
Robyn Eckhardt makes a living writing and eating, not necessarily in that order. She covers food and travel in Asia and Turkey for The New York Times, Saveur, SBS Feast and Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia and writes a monthly column on street food for Wall Street Journal Asia. Collaborating with her husband, photographer David Hagerman, her food blog EatingAsia was named Editor's Choice, Culinary Travel in Saveur magazine's 2014 Food Blog Awards. Robyn and David have lived in Malaysia for over nine years now (over 18 in Asia as a whole), and moved from Kuala Lumpur to Penang in 2011 to refurbish a century-old shop house in the heart of George Town. When not in Penang they're most often in Turkey, where they're working on their first cookbook, a collection of stories and recipes from Istanbul and Turkey's eastern half, to be published in the USA in 2016.

When I am away from Malaysia I miss shredded coconut and coconut milk (both bought fresh at the market); turmeric, which I cook with but also make infusions with (it’s nature’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant); gula Melaka (coconut palm sugar), which I sometimes eat like candy; pandan leaves; and kalamansi, which make a great G&T.

It was probably some time in 2003, when I was living in Saigon. I stumbled across a Malaysian restaurant opened by a Penang-ite and frequented by Malaysian expat staff at the Ho Chi Minch City PETRONAS office (a good sign!). I went on a Saturday, which was laksa lemak day. I fell hard for the rich coconutty, spicy broth. Who wouldn’t?

Asam laksa at Weld Quay and Aceh, puttu (Indian steamed rice cakes filled with jiggery) on China Street (if you can ever catch the vendor open), char koay teow anywhere the vendor is cooking over charcoal, koay teow th’ng on Kimberley Street near Carnavon and masala dosa at Veloo Velas in Chinatown.